Visit To A Chief's Son

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Released 1974

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Director:
E. Lamont Johnson
Released:
1974
Rating:
G
Visit To A Chief's Son is a 1974 drama directed by Lamont Johnson. Robert (Richard Mulligan), an anthropologist, travels to Africa with his son, Kevin (John Philip Hogdon), to witness a very rare and spectacular ritual during a solar eclipse. Robert and Kevin are obvious outsiders among the Maasai tribe. Robert maintains a professional distance, while his son Kevin is uninterested and refuses to engage with the Maasai, eager to be anywhere else. For a while it seems that the two out-of-towners will only be observers, understanding the movements and words of the ritual but totally failing to grasp the emotions and culture behind it. Before very long, however, interacting with the warm and welcoming Maasai tribe starts to affect Robert and his son. The two begin to realize that anthropology offers more than just aloof and emotionless observation, and it soon seems that the men will leave Africa forever changed.
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